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Iowa National Guard unit mobilized to help in Ebola response

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WASHINGTON (KWWL) -

A Washington, Iowa-based military unit will soon be activated to help in the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

The 249th Area Support Medical Company has been notified of mobilization to support Operation United Assistance in West Africa.

This will affect around 80 soldiers from the unit and will take place in Spring 2015 and will last for around 6 months.

They will provide direct patient care to U.S. Department of Defense personnel and coalition service members and will not be involved with direct patient care of the local population.

In a news release, the Iowa National Guard says all soldiers will be provided necessary training and equipment to prevent the Ebola virus from infecting them.

Soldiers re-deploying from Africa will undergo an observation program overseas to make sure they have not contracted the virus.

The 249th was last mobilized in 2009 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where it provided medical support at the Taji Theater Internment Facility Reintegration Center.

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